It’s time for the official kick-off to the 2015 awards season! The Golden Globes are Oscars’ unpredictable and slightly drunk cousin – hosted again by the amazing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, are usually the first measure of what to expect on the Oscar ballot.
Here’s my predictions for the winners for the big show!
MOTION PICTURE NOMINEES
Best Picture (Drama)
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
There are a lot of terrific contenders in this year’s race for best picture. Although most of us were surprised at the exclusion of great films like Gone Girl. This category could go to any of the nominees – even though I think the Imitation Game deserves it more and that Selma has been gaining steam in its run, the love that Boyhood has received since its release has been overwhelming (and not completely unwelcome). My money’s on the gimmick of Boyhood.
Best Picture (Comedy/Musical)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
While I think Grand Budapest Hotel is a favorite in this category, Birdman should take the win here. Have you guys seen Birdman?!!? It is absolutely the strangest and smartest of the films nominated for best picture comedy/musical. I have yet to write my review for this gem of a film, but I hope it gets the recognition that it deserves.
Wes Andreson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Again, I think the overwhelming love for Linklater’s 12-year experiment with Boyhood may take the directing category. What commitment! That being said, the other nominees are no less deserving, DuVernay’s Selma was strikingly important without being self-important, Inarritu’s take on Birdman was one of the most original pieces of work of this awards season, Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel was delightfully very Anderson in its execution, and Fincher’s Gone Girl was an exercise in excellent cinematic tension. I’d be happy with any of these deserving nominees taking home the award.
Best Actor (Drama)
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
David Oyelowo (Selma)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
You guys… look at this category – stacked with so much talent! This is probably the tightest race of the night, and predictions are for anyone but Jake Gyllenhaal (who is AMAZING in Nightcrawler) pulling off a win. For me, this is Eddie Redmayne’s award, for his absolutely transformative and wonderful performance in The Theory of Everything.
Best Actress (Drama)
Jennifer Aniston (Cake)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
This award needs to go to Julianne Moore for her exceptional and heartbreaking performance in Still Alice. I have no comment on Aniston’s performance in Cake (haven’t seen it…I’m more of a #TeamBrad person).
Best Actor (Comedy/Musical)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
Michael Keaton! Michael Keaton! Michael Keaton!… He’s so great in Birdman. Come on you guys… he is… Batman… I mean, Birdman! (I really need to get the review up for Birdman)
Best Actress (Comedy/Musical)
Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)
Helen Mirren (The Hundred-Foot Journey)
Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)
This might be the weakest category of the evening – if only because no one really saw or cared for a lot of these films. While Amy Adams is usually a credible favorite to win, no one was really impressed with Big Eyes. I’ll give it to Emily Blunt for her work in Into The Woods.
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
I’ve already said all that I can say about how unbelievably fantastic J.K. Simmons is in Whiplash. He’s a force to be reckoned with. ALL THE AWARDS to Simmons!
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
So many great performances here! I have yet to see A Most Violent Year, but I have yet to be disappointed my Ms. Chastain. Patricia Arquette was one of the best things about Boyhood – so I’m giving the win to her, but Queen Meryl is always a big bet for awards season.
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Everything is awesome.
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
Trent Reznor (Gone Girl)
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
“Glory” from Selma
“Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Cecil b. Demille award
PRIMETIME TELEVISION NOMINEES
Best Television Series – Drama
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
You could make a strong case for any of these nominees taking the win. Let’s give it to the Underwoods.
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Ruth Wilson (The Affair)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
ShondaLand is back on the rise. Viola Davis is commanding and powerful in just about everything – plus there’s a lot of love for How To Get Away With Murder (despite the horrible name of the series).
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Clive Owen (The Knick)
Live Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
James Spader (The Blacklist)
Dominic West (The Affair)
If you guys aren’t watching The Knick – GET ON THAT. Clive Owen deserves it – but there’s some heavyweights in this category, namely, Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in House of Cards. I’d love for it to go to either guy, or even Dominic West for The Affair (to make up for all the neglect during his run on The Wire). Seriously though, James Spader? The Blacklist is horrible.
Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Jane the Virgin
Orange is the New Black
And now for the digital age, and the ladies of comedy, to make themselves known at the Golden Globes. I’d say anything but Girls (I still don’t get the appeal). Transparent is new and fantastic, but I think this may be the year for Orange Is The New Black.
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)
Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)
I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus – and she is still amazing on Veep, but this year – I think it’ll be time for a new winner. Upstart Gina Rodriguez is a favourite here.
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
All of the gentlemen in this category did truly hilarious work, but I say Jeffrey Tambor. ALL THE WAY! So happy to see that Big Bang Theory and its affiliated cast are NOT in contention this year.
Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
The Normal Heart
Because time is a flat circle – and I was completely enthralled by True Detective.
Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)
Frances O’Connor (The Missing)
Alison Tolman (Fargo)
Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Even though he lost the Emmy, I give it to McConaughey for his intense and memorable performance in True Detective.
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Michelle Monaghan (True Detective)
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)